This variety belongs to the group of Rhododendron yakushimanum Evergreen Hybrids. Everyone should find room for at least one of these in their garden! These stunning hybrids are very compact in growth but have large blooms and very attractive foliage. Flowers borne in late Spring are typically a deeper colour in bud and opening to the most beautiful shades which are strongly influenced by their yakushimanum parentage. They are perfect subjects for the small garden and are suitable for growing in pots, providing their cultural requirements are met.
They are ericaceous plants i.e. they require acidic to neutral soils (pH7 or lower) and generally will not thrive in more alkaline conditions (i.e. high in lime, pH7.5 or higher). This group is very hardy and more tolerant of full sun and windy exposures than other rhododendrons but they have the same requirement for a moist but well drained soil that is rich in organic matter.
Rhododendrons are surface rooting and have very fine roots so extra care is needed when planting, adding in plenty of organic matter (such as leaf mould, peat or good quality ericaceous compost) to the planting area to form a nice friable mixture. They will not thrive if planted too deeply so keep to the same depth as your plant is growing in its pot. Water the plant thoroughly and ensure the plant is thoroughly soaked at its roots at all times during any dry spells.